Big Ten Annouces Players of the Week

big ten logoRelease by Big Ten Conference on 9/12/16:

Offensive Player of the Week
Wilton Speight, Michigan
Jr., QB, Richmond, Va./The Collegiate School

  • Threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns in Michigan’s victory over UCF
  • Completed 25 of 37 passes with no interceptions while notching the first 300-yard passing game of his career
  • Became only the second quarterback in school history to record seven touchdown tosses through the first two games of a season
  • Claims the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Michigan Offensive Players of the Week: Jehu Chesson and Jake Rudock (Nov. 16, 2015)

Defensive Player of the Week
Nathan Gerry, Nebraska
Sr., S, Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington

  • Intercepted a pair of passes in the fourth quarter to help seal Nebraska’s win over Wyoming, notching the first two-interception game of his career
  • Led the team lead with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss
  • Added one pass breakup while becoming the fifth defensive back in school history to surpass 200 career tackles
  • Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Defensive Player of the Week: Nathan Gerry (Dec. 1, 2014)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Sr., WR, Trilby, Fla./Pasco

  • Recorded 119 yards on three kickoff returns, including an 84-yard touchdown in the first quarter
  • Notched his fifth career kickoff return touchdown, tying the Big Ten career record
  • Now has seven career kickoff returns of at least 70 yards
  • Claims his third career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season
  • Last Rutgers Special Teams Player of the Week: Janarion Grant (Nov. 9, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Marcelino Ball, Indiana
S, Roswell, Ga./Roswell

  • Tied for the team lead with eight tackles, with all eight being solo stops
  • Recorded the first interception of his career in the second quarter
  • Helped the Hoosiers record at least three takeaways for the fourth consecutive game, the longest such streak for the team since 1988-89
  • Wins his first career weekly award



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